USA, Pennsylvania: Philly’s Gayborhood Gets Affordable Senior Housing

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today to celebrate the opening of the John C. Anderson Apartments, a pioneering LGBT-friendly, low-income senior housing apartment complex. The apartments – named for John C. Anderson, a Philadelphia City Council member from 1979 until his death in 1983, instrumental in the passage of Philadelphia’s civil rights bill for sexual minority individuals – broke ground in November 2012. The ceremony for the dmhFund and Pennrose Properties’ project was attended by, among others, U.S. Senator Robert Casey, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, a number of Pennsylvania congressional members, state representatives and city council members.

“It’s a dream come true,” said dmhFund president and LGBT civil rights pioneer Mark Segal who spearheaded the project. “To be standing here, looking at all we’ve accomplished, is truly amazing. To know that our seniors, those who paved the way for the rights we have today, finally have a proper home to call their own is just beyond words.”

Financing for the $19.5 million project was provided through a Philadelphia HOME grant, Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funds, and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. Pennrose Properties, one of the nation’s top 10 affordable housing developers, oversaw the project. WRT Design was the architect and Domus Inc. was the general contractor.

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